I’m still happily watching Let’s Eat, but it’s almost over!
This means that I’m about to have a “My Kdrama Just Ended” induced panic attack.
As if this wasn’t bad enough, I just finished watching I do, I do. I LOVED every moment of it, and I was sad when it came to an end– sad like an addict who doesn’t know when she’ll get her next fix…
So, I definitely had a “My Kdrama Just Ended” induced panic attack already!
Thankfully, I was able to get my much needed noona romance fix immediately with I Need Romance 3 and postpone the next panic attack until (hopefully) much later. Although I wasn’t interested in or impressed with Season 1 or Season 2, Season 3 is definitely my (new) Korean drama addiction:
Anyway, this is THE story of my life– well, at least right now.
After all, part of being a noona is working a lot, and I’ve worked two to three jobs all throughout law school, and this semester (my last semester!^^) is the first time that I’m taking a break and not working AT ALL– Daddy’s orders!
I’ve also had a string of younger boys passing in and out of my life ever since I turned 21, but now that I’m 24 I think at least one of them is here to stay…
But, I could be wrong– after all, like isn’t REALLY like a Korean drama where happy endings arrive in 16 (or 20) hours!
Okay, there are three main ingredients in every noona romance.
Ingredient #1: The (Workaholic) Noona
Work REALLY hard~
But, play even harder~
I love work. In fact, I’m about to start another (unpaid) internship since I have absolutely nothing to do but sleep, eat, and
study sleep on Fridays.
In addition, I might be 24, but after being in love, engaged, dumped, and in a downward spiral that lasted a very long (but short) two (or three) years, my heart is at least 35 years old.
Oh, and I definitely work hard but play even harder, which is why I got absolutely plastered with one of my best friends and ended up “whiskey kissing” a much-older-than-me, incredibly stylish but not-more-stylish-than-me writer from New York who works as a journalist for National Geographic…
Oh, the out of towners during SXSW are always an interesting bunch!
That was last weekend, and I can only blame the terrible excitement of Spring Break for those shenanigans– not myself.
(I can also blame the bottle of soju, pitcher of whiskey coke, and double shot of whiskey…)
Ingredient #2: The Good-looking Dongsaeng
Young and like a virgin~
While all of these dramas star dongsaengs, Park Tae Kang from I do, I do (played by Lee Kang Woo) stands out in particular since Tao 2 is also, well, a virgin…
Yoon Doo Joon who plays the young, slick, and handsome Goo Dae Young in Let’s Eat also stands out, however, especially after watching this BTS kiss scene; and yes, here’s a major spoiler that you
probably can’t shouldn’t resist:
Since I have two very valuable sources, I just want to say that I think it’s a younger Asian Guy “thing” to think that you HAVE to have a six-pack before you can lose your virginity…
Ingredient #3: (At Least One of) The Three Stages of Womanhood
Stage 1, “Nobody Loves Me”
Well, you just started dating (or so it seems), but before you knew it your heart was trampled on by one guy after another.
Now, you’re in the “Nobody Loves Me” Stage. Basically, since you’ve convinced yourself that nobody loves you, you live life with your Bitch-face on… At. All. Times.
But, you cry like a baby when no one is watching, or when you’re drunk and then suddenly everyone seems to be watching…
Stage 2, “Me, Myself, and I”
Well, you tried to be a Good Girl (or at least not a Bad Girl), but after one too many bad dates, your wounded, broken heart says enough is enough.
It’s time for Stage 2: “Me, Myself, and I.”
Sleeping alone, waking up alone, and even eating alone are all common, natural parts of this stage.
Eating alone is easy to do… said no one (in Stage 2) ever~
After all, you don’t need anyone– right? You’re fine alone– on your own, right?
You’d like to say yes, but that’s
probably a lie.
It’s fun to watch Lee Soo Kyung in Let’s Eat, but it’s frightening to watch Kim So Yeon, who plays Shin Joo Yeon, in I Need Romance 3. I’ve only watched two episodes so far, but the things that she does and the things that she says remind me of The Dark Ages– no, not those Dark Ages, my own.
Apart from going from a naive girl to a jaded woman in the blink of an eye, she also ended up throwing herself at even the good guys (and then throwing even the good guys away) because she couldn’t tell the difference between good guys and bad ones…
And, because she couldn’t tell (or just refused to admit) that there was something wrong– not with them but with herself.
Memorable, “Deja Vu” Inducing Lines from Episodes 1 and 2 of I Need Romance 3
I literally got goosebumps when I was watching this drama, especially when Shin Joo Yeon said the following:
“When I see these couple rings I think of all the times that I failed at love, and I’m counting how many times it takes until I find my true love.”
“Feelings… Feelings aren’t important to me.”
“There’s another romance around the corner.”
“Nobody loves me.”
“But, I’m fine.”
Boo-hoo, blah blah blah.
GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER!!!
Stage 3, Getting Your Shit Together
Yes, life is hard, and it seems to be even harder when you are a woman.
We are people, too, but since the beginning of time (whenever that was), we’ve had to bleed from our vaginas, pop out babies, and stay at home to take care of them. Ambitious dreams, a real job, and a lifelong career?
No, those are for boys and men…
Well, not any more.
We want to be women– the very smack dab center of the circle of life, but we also want to be the center of our own worlds, too, and that means getting our shit together so that we can have our cake and eat it, too– have a fulfilling career and a loving family, too.
A little office romance with your Baby Daddy, because there’s no place like work to make money… and love!~
However, it’s incredibly difficult to be successful in your work life and love life all at the same time, so I admire and envy the (workaholic) noona who finds a dongsaeng who really understands her AND loves and accepts her the way she is– without trying to pressure her or change her.
Anyway, I haven’t even had time to think about dating anyone seriously ever since I got into law school, and even though I like Tao 2 my major focus right now is on getting a job– not getting him “over Level 9000.”
That’s a DBZ– Dragon Ball Z, reference.
Remember, in THIS (recent?) post I said the following:
“I still get to touch his arms and abs but other than that it’s taken us two months(?) just to dance together. I think what helped was showing him different “levels,” which he actually made up while watching me and my friend dance together a weekend ago– yes, he’s a nerd…
Level 0 is him standing there while I dance ‘on’ him, face to face but not really touching. Level 3 is ‘gentle grinding.’”
… Now do you get it?
So, what are the main ingredients that make up your favorite Korean drama– your life; and, what stage are YOU in?
Maybe you skipped some stages but most likely you didn’t.
As for me, I’m somewhere in between Stage 2 and Stage 3, which isn’t a bad place to be. I’m not a mess, but I am used to being alone; and, it’s hard to get my shit together since I’ve never really been good at balancing anything. I either work too hard or play too hard or work AND play too hard, which leaves ZERO room for dating– let alone “romance.”
There are also plenty of decent-but-undateable-because-they’re-bland-and-boring older men in my life along with a few best friends who have unique, interesting stories of their own to complete THIS noona romance called My Life.
(Thankfully, my parents haven’t started telling me to get married– yet.)